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For College, Club and Country - A History of Clifton Rugby Club [Paperback]

Patrick Casey , Richard Hale
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1 Nov 2009
For College, Club and Country - A History of Clifton Rugby Club

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: MX Publishing; 1st edition (1 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904312756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904312758
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,058,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richly illustrated with team photographs over more than 100 years, this is a fascinating piece of social history based around one of the oldest rugby clubs in the country. Providing moving accounts of club members who lost their lives in the two World Wars, this is an important and fascinating history of a club that has retained a strong community focus. --The Bookbag

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This book started life in 2002 as a page on the website of a Clifton under-8s side. It was meant to be a short history and a list of the players who had gone on to international status. Everything was taken from the Centenary book; memorabilia was collected from various sources and the website page was expanded until it was too big and needed its own website. To this were added photographs and documents from the club, principally donated by the Clifton players Ellison Fuller Eberle, Gilbert Castle and Tom Burroughs. At a later date the scrapbooks and photographs of Victor Fuller Eberle were donated by his son Admiral Sir James Fuller Eberle. Relatives of former players started contacting me in 2003. Richard Savory was the first; his grandfather played for Clifton from 1908 to 1920. Fortuitously, many of the descendants of those listed on the War Memorial would provide photographs. It was intended to remain only a website until Richard Hale suggested it would make an interesting book. From that point it took another four years to become reality. The website is now one of the largest and most comprehensive rugby club history websites in the world.

The history of Clifton Rugby Club holds a unique place in the history of Bristol. It is the oldest surviving rugby club in Bristol with links to one of the most famous schools in the country, Clifton College.

The History of Clifton Rugby Club has been written in three books so far. The first in 1909, "History of Clifton Rugby Football Club 1872-1909" - by Frank C Hawkins, gave a year-by-year account of the club. The 1922 edition was an extended version of the 1909 book, renamed "50 Years with the Clifton Football Club". In 1972 the Centenary Year was commemorated by a book called "100 Years with Clifton Rugby Football Club". With all this work already done, it was difficult to know what new and interesting facts could be recorded.

In this book we have consciously tried not to replicate previous histories of the club. We have concentrated on the its origins - the Founders, the Internationals, the Oxford and Cambridge Blues, the names on the War Memorial and the players and events that have changed the club post-1972, as well as elaborating on what had already been written.

The cover of this book is taken from a postcard of 2 boys kicking a rugby ball over posts at Clifton College. It is postmarked Bristol 22nd April 1904.

It is appropriate that this season, 2009-2010, is the 100th anniversary of Gloucestershire winning the County Championship for the first time in their history.

Patrick Casey, August 2009

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5.0 out of 5 stars Clifton Rugby Club 28 Feb 2010
Wonderful book with a great insight into one of England's oldest rugby clubs. Some fascinating old photographs. Very interesting section on the clubs world famous veterans side the RATS who have travelled and played all over the world. A must for any Rugby enthusiast.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As much about the community as the club 23 Nov 2009
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Clifton Rugby Football Club can proudly trace its history back to the very emergence of the sport of rugby union and is the 20th oldest rugby union club in England. But this is more than a historical account of one of rugby's proudest clubs. Partly because it has remained very much a local side (while neighbours Bristol and Bath have gone on to be bigger hitters in the national game) it provides an account of a community during the war years, particularly the Great War.

The idea for this book emerged from an addition to the club's web site and its structure is more a selection of profiles, of individuals, families and matches, than a narrative account. The first chapter on the emergence of the club, and of rugby as a sport, is fascinating. The authors then profile the lives of players who lost their lives in both World Wars including not only the bare facts of these brave young men, but also details of the campaigns in which they lost their lives and sometimes with personal detail from the families themselves.

While some chapters are perhaps only of interest to those with close associations to the club, anyone with an interest in rugby history will be enthralled by this book. But it also offers a moving and touching tribute to those who fought in the two World Wars, as well as providing valuable social history of a community. The early team pictures in particular are highly evocative of a lost age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive with wonderful pictures. 20 Nov 2010
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A very comprehensive history of one of the country's oldest rugby clubs. Full of wonderful pictures from the last 100 years. Gave this book to my husband and he loved it.
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